Saturday, January 31, 2009

sofia coppola for LV, and 3 dresses I truly love.

I love the loose black bow in the back of this dress! It's so carefree but also sophisticated.

Some of the images from Sofia's new ad campaign with Louis Vuitton handbags:

Behind the scenes of the Miss Dior Cherie ad! I LOVE the construction of the light pink dress:

But, truly, THIS is why god created dresses:

Tres jolie!
Ok, I've gotten carried away! ;)

images from Miss at la Playa

Friday, January 30, 2009

black book magazine always delivers.

As usual, gorgeous editorial from BB. I love these images for this time of year, they remind me of an aristocratic girl having to layer on all her fancy clothes to stay warm in a big old mansion somewhere... and I love the eclectic styling of the clothes themselves.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

shopaholic hype

I really liked "The Devil Wears Prada" and a lot of the outfits in it, even the ones that were a bit outlandish and nobody would actually wear. So I was really trying to be excited about the upcoming "Confessions of a Shopaholic" movie with Isla Fisher, who I really enjoy as well. But from all the photos and trailers I've seen -- I just don't know. Is it just me, or are the outfits not all that fashionable, just throwing bright colors and brand names together, piling as much on as possible? Let me know what you think, fashionable ladies.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

bread & butter in barcelona

Everyone always talks about what great style the French and the Italians have, but to me it is Spanish people who really embrace fashion more than other cultures do.
Why? Well maybe I'm just biased, and I miss Spain (I used to live in Barça), but I love the way the Spanish will really take risks, go out on a limb with an unusual skirt, crazy accessories, a unique silhouette. They really go for a whole "look", and there's so much variety everywhere on the streets. French and Italian style tend to be more streamlined, but less quirky. I guess it's just a question of taste.
Right now they are having fashion expos in Barcelona known as "Bread&Butter"; here are some of my favorite of the street style photos taken there by Spanish blogs:

All pictures from ChictooChic, you must check out the rest of the pictures on there!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

sneak preview: alexander mcqueen for target

I believe that these images were leaked a little early -- the collection isn't in stores until March -- and while I wasn't overwhelmed, there are some cute pieces in the bunch. A few nice jersey dresses and jackets, vests, a cute black and white bikini and a boxy pink dress that would be a good beach coverup.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

the new presidential style

Michelle's one-shouldered white gown by Jason Wu for the inauguration balls.

During the day she wore a yellow dress and matching jacket (but must have been absolutely freezing out there!) designed by Isabel Toledo, which was quite unique. First lady fashion usually stays with blues, whites and reds, maybe a regal purple or demure pink, but only Michelle could pull off this shade. As Cathy Horyn of the NYTimes said, it really shows the adventurous spirit that she works in her life and her fashion.

Dr. Jill Biden was a bit outside the box as well, in a bright, short red coat and knee-high boots. Not the usual conservative political style at all! Apparently she always wears boots though and her daughter had them on as well. She clearly loves red as she had a gorgeous floor-length strapless red gown for the balls.

Below: the inauguration scene, and Obama's first signature as President (don't ask me how this made it online, but go figure!)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

paris looks

two very different silhouettes, both very french...
...and two colorful jackets, spicing up a t-shirt and jeans

all images from elle's street chic daily blog

Friday, January 16, 2009

amber valletta for loewe

I wish all fashion ads were as dynamic, interesting .... and ultimately beautiful as these. You just want to keep on looking at them, I find.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

There was a very interesting article in today's NY Times about how Paris is responding to the recession, given how so many luxury brands are centered there. You can read it all here, and below are some key excerpts that I think everyone interested in fashion will be thinking about as we go forward.

But there is also, paradoxically, an underlying satisfaction here that an era of sometimes vulgar high living is over and that a more bedrock French way of life will emerge.

Only in France is the recession lauded for posing a crisis in values.

A recent issue of Le Figaro Magazine featured a 12-page guide to scaled-down living in 2009, with predictions that people will work less and put family (even in-laws) first. A French trend expert quoted in the magazine dramatically described the changes as nothing less than “a revolution in values.”

Rather than trying to keep the machine running by pumping out high-price hand bags, watches and other goods, he proposed the unthinkable: the entire luxury industry should slash prices. “We need a return to reason, decency, discretion, beauty and creativity — in other words, to true values,”

“This whole crisis is like a big spring housecleaning — both moral and physical,” Karl Lagerfeld, the designer for Chanel, said in an interview. “There is no creative evolution if you don’t have dramatic moments like this. Bling is over. Red carpety covered with rhinestones is out. I call it ‘the new modesty.’ ”

Monday, January 12, 2009

golden globes!

So I don't know about you, but I just love awards season. I guess I feel about it the way some girls feel about weddings: I never really wanted to be an actress growing up, but I did want to give acceptance speeches. Is that weird?! Haha. I guess I just like how they're frivolous and emotional and still truly a fantasy -- while most movies are more and more "realistic" and unglamorous. Loved the Golden Globes last night (especially happy for Colin Farrell, Kate Winslet and Vicky Cristina Barcelona for their wins), and here are my favorite dresses:

Favorite ladies in black:

Kate Winslet looked fantastic all around last night, and aptly so as it was finally her night to win -- twice no less. Her dress didn't look like very much on tv, but with natural light the subtle sheen of the fabric adds a lot, and I love the way it cascades naturally to the ground. Amy Adams chose exceptionally well with this black Oscar de la Renta with appliques, it has a great shape to it and is different from her usual style. Tina Fey and Anne Hathaway (in navy) weren't really risk-taking with their dresses, but each look polished and emphasized their best features. The only question I'm left with is why, out of these four, is the british actress the most tan?! It boggles the mind.

Two favorites in white:
Angelina Jolie has had much more laid-back style in recent years since having kids -- she doesn't go for the statement dresses and instead seems to want to look nice but stay under the radar. She has consistently made good choices though, and is developing a low-key style all her own. I love the casual proportions of this silver dress and how she doesn't worry about it necessarily flattering every part of her. Kate Beckinsale on the other hand, chose an amazing dress which shows off every one of her curves and creates some of its own in big ruffles at the neckline. A truly fun, beautiful dress.

For choosing brilliant colors:
I generally don't like Eva Longoria's style, but this dress was stunning when she first walked out to present her award. The color was better on tv, and the fabric was perfectly sculpted to her body as she moved. And January Jones's dress wasn't really groundbreaking but I think it was the best, most unique color of the night, and suit her perfectly well.

And other noticeable white dresses:
So yes, cream, white and beige dresses were quite overdone this year, and most of them just blended together and were forgettable. But I liked a few: Sandra Bullock's dress had a lot of movement in the tiered ruffles when she moved, and was a big step up from her usual looks. Elizabeth Banks's dress had great texture and I liked especially the cap sleeves which you don't often see on evening gowns. Demi Moore and (I can't believe I'm typing this) Miley Cyrus also looked great in cascading white dresses, Miley's by Marchesa with great gold details underneath the layers which showed when she walked.

In each case it's a matter of both poor dress and hair choices, so even if you ignore one, you can't escape the other...

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